Possibly...

There have been so many races lately it was a novelty to be out on my own again, running purely for fun. 
The sun was something of a novelty too after the truly horrendous conditions of the Langdale Horseshoe and the clag of the FRA relays.
I started from Brotherikeld, following the River Esk, beneath Heron Crag and the split boulder on which many full day's were spent climbing...
...before striking up beside Lingcove Beck...
...and the rough trod which leads to the Three Tarns.
From there I dropped over the col and followed the contour before climbing to meet the Climber's Traverse beneath Bowfell...
...possibly the best way to approach the summit. The path is obvious if narrow and while not as dramatic as other similar routes in the Lakes, it is a delight to run...
...with long views towards the Dodds on the Helvellyn skyline.
Out of the wind, the sun was warm...
...making for an enjoyable descent from Esk Pike following the long ridge past Yeastyrigg Crags.
I stopped for a short while, enjoying the warmth after the icy conditions higher up, and thinking of the routes climbed on Esk Butress, marked as Dow Crag on the OS map. Possibly the best crag in the region if not England.
A last view back up the valley, Bowfell reigning over Eskdale. Possibly the most beautiful valley in the region, if not England.

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